Everything But the Oink -|
Food Fun for Kids
Most people know that many different foods come from hogs, such as pork
chops, pig's feet, pork roast, entire hogs roasted "luau" style with
apples in their mouths, ribs, pork rinds, ham, bacon, sausage, pepperoni,
and to some degree hot dogs and "Chiclets". But hogs are
also used for many non-food products, which are commonly called by-products.
No matter what you call 'em, though, they're still yummy!
Health Care Products
In history class, you may have learned how settlers from other countries
and Native Americans used as many parts of animals and plants as they
could to make clothes, tools, dishes and other utensils. It may sound
icky, but making the most of their resources was something these people
had to do, since they weren't as techno-savvy as we are now - most of their
computers had monochrome screens, for instance. So not using as many parts as
possible of an animal or plant was considered wasteful and downright
inconsiderate, punishable by up to 6 months in the stocks and a public
"tar 'n' feathering" (in those days the death penalty had not been
Today, white people have stolen these ideas from foreign people and Native
Americans much as they have stolen everything else, and honkees now proudly
make the most of their resources with a wide variety of pork
by-products. Of course, hogs today are no longer in short supply. Quite
the contrary! Often you will find so many hogs together in one pen that
they cannot even turn around! This truly is the Golden Era of hog raising.
However, in order to make sure that the kind man who raises
the hogs makes money, a use is found for every part! In fact, no other
animal provides a wider range of products than the hog. From life-saving
pharmaceuticals to artery-strangling bacon , pork
by-products are an important part of our daily lives, and there's nothing
we can do about it!
Here are some of the life-saving pork by-products provided by the hog:
- Heart valves (used to treat people with malfunctioning heart valves)
- Insulin (used to treat people with diabetes)
- Skin (used to treat people with severe burns or skin rashes)
- Flesh (tastes mighty good!)
- Fat (good to chew on while waiting for bones to set)
Products for Your Home
Here are just a few of the different pork by-products we use today. Take
a scavenger hunt in your house to see how many items you have from the
list below. If you are a true scavenger, you will probably be able to
assemble an entire pig from its constituent parts! But ask your parents
for permission first.
Products for Your Car
Products for Your Clothes
Products for Your Yard
Products for Your Hobbies
The ol' pigskin
If you would like to learn more about the pork industry and pork
e-mail the National Pork People Council
and request a copy of "the Pork Industry's Great!",
a brochure that highlights today's pork industry and how it
has changed throughout our country's history,
especially since Upton Sinclair wrote "The Jungle"!
Make sure you include your mailing address in your request!
A service of the National Pork
in cooperation with the National Pork Board.